Qualcomm launches next-gen fingerprint sensors for metal, glass and display

Rumours about flagship smartphones having on-screen fingerprint sensors being launched have been doing the rounds of the web since last year. Samsung was expected to introduce the technology in its Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ flagship smartphones, but that never happened.
For now, Apple is rumoured to be bringing screen-embedded fingerprint sensor in its upcoming iPhone 8 smartphone. However, it seems chip giant Qualcomm is all ready with the technology.
At the ongoing MWC Shanghai 2017 conference, Qualcomm announced its ‘Advanced’ fingerprint scanning and authentication technology. The company will be showcasing the technology on a customized version of Vivo XPlay 6 smartphone. This makes Vivo one of the companies to bring this technology in its handsets before anybody else.
The new ‘ultrasonic fingerprint solution,’ as Qualcomm says, will include sensors not only for the display, but also for glass and metal surfaces. The sensors will support directional gestures, underwater fingerprint matching and device wake-ups.
“It is also the first commercially-announced integrated ultrasonic-based mobile solution to detect heartbeat and blood flow for improved mobile authentication experiences,” reads the company blog post.
It has been said that the new fingerprint sensor for glass and metal will be compatible with mid-range Snapdragon 660 and Snapdragon 630 processor-based smartphones, while the sensor for display, glass and metal will be compatible with ‘future Snapdragon Mobile Platforms and non-Snapdragon platforms.’
“We are excited to announce Qualcomm Fingerprint Sensors because they can be designed to support sleeker, cutting-edge form factors, unique mobile authentication experiences, and enhanced security authentication,” said Seshu Madhavapeddy, vice president of product management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.
He further added, “This provides OEMs and operators with the ability to offer truly distinct, differentiated devices with added value on truly groundbreaking new devices.”
Qualcomm also announced a new processor at MWC Shanghai 2017, the Snapdragon 450. The chipset is more efficient than the ones that already exist in the Snapdragon 400 series smartphones, as it is the first in the series to be made using 14nm process. Rest are made using the 28nm process.
As for the rumoured Apple iPhone 8, a recent report stated that the company is still deciding if it has to integrate an on-screen fingerprint sensor technology in its upcoming iPhone devices or not.
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